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January 25, 2012PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. PDF format 

A decade of cuts and lost bargaining rights


On Friday, January 27, teachers across BC are wearing black to mark the 10th anniversary of Bills 27 and 28 which stripped collective agreements of class-size, composition, and specialist service levels language.  

In passing these bills, the provincial government effectively ended free collective bargaining rights and saved more than $3 billion on the backs of teachers.  

Thousands of teaching positions have been lost, hundreds of schools closed, tens of thousands of classes oversized, and services for special needs drastically reduced. 

In declaring Friday, January 27, a Dark Day for Public Education in BC, teachers are sending a message to government that the cuts must end and bargaining rights must be restored.